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His friends say he was not transgender

Anthony Torres, an activist, artist and DJ who is known as Bubbles, was reportedly shot and killed on the same block as the New Century strip club on Larkin and Myrtle streets around 3 a.m., according to his attorney Jim Reilly.

This is a hate crime. The details are still coming out… For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.

--Reilly

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San Francisco establishes Compton Historic District

The world's first TLGB district was unveiled in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Named after the historic Compton's Cafeteria riots in 1966 (the first known incident of collective LGBT resistance to police harassment in U.S. history), The Compton's TLGB District will encompass six blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and will cross over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th Street. The intersection of Compton's Cafeteria Way and Vikki Mar Lane (previously portions of Turk and Taylor Streets) will be a hub of services and economic opportunities for trans and gender-nonconforming communities, as well as a place to honor the community's history.

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She's having a bad year

I first wrote about Samantha Hulsey back in January, when she was attacked with a friend on a Muni bus by a man who stabbed her twice with a steak knife while calling Hulsey and her friend "faggots".

On November 15 a San Francisco couple, Dewayne Edward Kemp, 36, and Rebecca Louise Westover, 42, were arrested near Eighth and Mission for allegedly assaulting transgender resident Samantha Hulsey.

In court Friday afternoon, Kemp and Westover pleaded not guilty to the charges, contending that they were acting in self-defense when Westover threw a cup of hot coffee an Hulsey and her girlfriend, Daira Hopwood and Kemp punched Hulsey four times in the face while uttering transphobic comments.

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Making a new plan, Stan

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has a new plan.

Under a new policy announced yesterday Sheriff Mirkarimi intends to house all inmates in San Francisco County's jails by their gender identity.

He hopes to have transgender inmates living with their preferred population before 2016.

But transgender inmates who choose to remain in segregated housing or to continue living with other inmates who share the their birth sex can do so, according to Kenya Briggs, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

I carry the perspective forward that the transgender population is marginalized on the streets of America. Consider how magnified that treatment is inside prisons and jails.

--Mirkarimi

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RIP Reverend BobbieJean Baker

 photo BobbieJean_zps26e4cf86.gifReverend BobbieJean Baker, 49, of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco and Oakland had officiated at a New Year's Eve Watch Night worship service in Oakland, along with Bishop Yvette Flunder from the same church.

Baker moved to the Bay Area in 1992 from Memphis, TN. She served as west Coast Regional TransSaints Minister of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and Lay Minister at Transcending Transgender Ministries at City of Refuge. She was also lead singer of the all transgender member Transcendence Gospel Choir. She also worked at San Francisco's Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center as a substance abuse and transgender health counsellor.

My purpose is to help you break whatever it is that had you bound so that you can move to better yourself. I'm willing to hold hands and walk you through every phase, but I am not willing to be your babysitter. There comes a time when you need to really step up and do the work for you.

--BobbieJean Baker, to her clients

 photo BobbieJeanx400_zpsf18ce839.jpgAt the service Bishop Flunder says Baker seemed to know she didn't have much time left.

She gave best wishes to everyone, wonderful, kind words. She went way out of her way speaking to everyone and wishing them the best for the coming year. It was incredible the space that she was in.

--Bishop Flunder

After the service Reverend Baker went to the home of gay deacon Bobby Wiseman where there was to be a traditional meal of corn bread and black-eyed peas.

[It was almost as if she knew] that something was coming, because she was so unusually specific in many of the ways she was going around talking to different people and encouraging them through their own struggles.

--Bishop Yvette Flunder

Wiseman says that at about 2:30 am he was driving his Ford Expedition west on I-580 in Oakland to take Baker home, "remembering the good times and the friends that we've lost over the years" when a silver and black car bumped his SUV on the left before swerving away. Wiseman's vehicle fishtailed and then rolled two or three times before landing upside down at the Park Boulevard exit. Wiseman managed to crawl out of the vehicle through the window, but he and a bystander were unable to free Baker. Both of them had been wearing seat belts.

Baker died at the scene.

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Hellraisers Journal: Taking It Straight to Walmart Board Member Marissa Mayer’s Penthouse

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Wednesday September 9, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: "How We [Socialist] Move in Alabama"

An encouraging report on Socialist organizing in Alabama from the party's state secretary, F. X. Waldhorst:

Socialism in the South-in Dixie! Well, who would have thought such a thing possible? Only two years ago we had two small locals in the state and no agitation. To-day there is a good state organization. In 1902 we had nominees for state office and polled 2,312 votes, with absolutely no campaign money, no organization worth mentioning. To-day we are claiming and getting the attention of the public to such an extent that the plutocratic dailies are giving us space every time we ask for it....

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones and John Spargo will lead little strikers in "Children's Crusade"

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday July 6, 1903
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mother Jones and John Spargo to Lead "Children's Crusade"


Mother Jones

John Spargo, editor of The Comrade is in Philadelphia assisting Mother Jones with her efforts to aid the 100,000 textile strikers. Both are frustrated that there is little press coverage of the strike. Efforts to raise money for the strikers have been disappointing, and the strikers' relief fund is running low.

Mother Jones states:

I asked the newspaper men why they didn't publish the facts about child labor in Pennsylvania. They said they couldn't because the mill owners had stock in the papers.

Mother replied:

Well, I've got stock in these little children!

The national tour of the Liberty Bell has given Mother the idea to arrange a tour for the little children who are striking for "some of the freedom of childhood." Mother Jones plans to leave from Kensington tomorrow with an "army" of 300 men, women, and children. They will head East. John Spargo will accompany the "Children Crusade" for the first few days.

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Hellraisers Journal: Fellow Worker Vincenzo Madonna given grand I.W.W funeral in Paterson.

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Sunday July 5, 1903
San Francisco, California - More Trouble for Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone

Complications are increasing for the Pacific States Telegraph and Telephone Company where the Linemen have things pretty well tied up for the company up and down the entire West Coast. Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 27 of 31 collectors have joined the strike in that city:

The Collectors demanded a minimum wage rate , and wanted it to take effect at once. The Company alleged that ...some collectors gathered as much as $6000 a month in small amounts and received only $40 for such work. The demand was unheeded by the officers of the company, and the Collectors went on strike. They assembled at the headquarters of the Linemen's Union, organized and joined the Telephone Operator's Union.

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Hellraisers Journal: Comrade Fred Merrick on the Betrayal of the West Virginia "Red Necks"

Wednesday July 1, 1903
San Francisco, California - The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 Supports the Linemen

The Electrical Workers' Union No. 6 was offered a new wage scale today of $4 a day. This an increase of 50 cents per day. However, in spite of this offer, all of the electrical workers have decided that they will remain out on strike until a settlement is reached with the linemen.

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Hellraisers Journal: Bangladesh losing its duty-free trade privileges with US

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday June 29, 1903
San Francisco, California - Solidarity between men and women yields strike victory!

An agreement has been reached between the striking Bindery Women's Union and their employers. Claiming victory, the women returned to work this morning. The Union Women won the wage scale of $10 that they were demanding. The men of the Bookbinders Union have been striking in sympathy with the Women's Union. When news of this victory reached them, they declared their sympathy strike off, and they also returned to work this morning.

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